Plough & Harrow Playground

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Sydney

The essence of play is to encourage exploration, testing and discovery.

One of the biggest challenges in the design of play spaces is to create environments that encourage self-determination and many levels of engagement. Play spaces are for everyone regardless of age, ability, or background.

The Group
Client: Western Sydney Parklands Trust
Studios: Sydney, Australia
Key Facts:
  • 9000 m2
The Team:

To provide a more engaging play environment we focused on increasing the diversity of play experiences available.  Designed in conjunction with play expert Ric McConaghy, the play area provides large scale active experiences, including new ranges of interactive technological play equipment. The play area also focuses on discovery and interaction with colourful and planted mazes, water play and QR code discovery trails.

To balance the active zones, we also made sure to provide enough quiet and passive zones.  This allows children to rest, recharge and socialise in different settings.  The diversity of offerings and series of different spaces encourage visitors to stay longer and visit more regularly.

The renewal of the play space at Plough and Harrow reinvigorates the park as a regional recreation destination within the Western Sydney Parklands.  Through the process of play, visitors are connecting with the nature of the place and encouraged to explore ‘beyond the playground’ to the reaches of the park.

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Steve Hammond Principal

Steven is a Principal and accomplished landscape architect with extensive experience designing, directing, and delivering projects.  Many of these projects have won awards. He is adept at managing multidisciplinary teams and has skills in leadership and communication.

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